The Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) has established a supplier database for South African companies wishing to participate in the open-road tolling tender for the multibillion rand Gauteng Freeway Improve-ment Project (GFIP), and other intelligent transport system tender processes.

The GFIP will see road users pay a toll of 50 c/km on upgraded Gauteng highways from 2010.

ITSSA CEO Dr Paul Vorster says the tolling tender is divided into five packages. These packages are not linked to geography, but to different parts of the envisaged tolling system, such as integration, for example.

“The tolling tenders are too big and too complex for one local company to handle on its own.

“This means there will be significant participation from abroad. However, we want to ensure extensive local participation to the benefit of the local industry.”

Vorster says the emarketplace database will list local suppliers in five categories.

“All South African companies can go into this website, and list where its own competence lies, or look for partners to do business with,” says Vorster.

“We are also encouraging international companies to go and look for local partners on this site, as the tenders all have local content demands.”

Vorster says there are no fees for a company to list on the emarketplace; however, companies must log in and provide their details.

“Simply go to www.ittsa.org, and click on the emarketplace icon.”